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How ActionAid's Funding Futures Network changes lives, for good

Take a look at a project you could support and meet one of our young activists who you could connect with.

Helping young refugees in Lebanon

Lebanon is facing one of the largest refugee influxes in the world. Over a million Syrian refugees live alongside a population of only 4.5 million Lebanese residents - over 20% of Lebanon’s population. Roughly a third of Syrian refugees are between 12 and 18 years old. Without access to education, social activities or basic services, many of these young people struggle to imagine a future for themselves.
 
This project will work with 1,500 young Syrian refugees and Lebanese people aged between 14 and 29, empowering them to lead community change and enhance their skills by:

  • running four 10-day business skills courses and connecting young entrepreneurs with coaches and mentors
  • providing seed funding to at least five new enterprises run collaboratively by young people from refugee and host communities
  • training at least 12 organisations on advocacy and campaigning and supporting them to campaign for improved access to education for marginalised groups

ActionAid Lebanon has started its first all female football team, made up of Syrian refugees

Jo Harrison/ActionAid

Salamatu (middle row, fourth from left) campaigning with activists on International Youth Day in Tamale, northern Ghana

Deborah Lomotey/ActionAid

Connect with one of our global young activists like Salamatu

Despite being one of the most brilliant students at school, Salamatu Shiraz struggled to get an education in her hometown of Tamale in northern Ghana. To pay for extra classes, exam fees and even school furniture, she sold bread in her local market.

Now 22, Salamatu has been elected Ghana’s National Coordinator of Activista - our global youth network involving more than 250 ActionAid partners and thousands of volunteers in more than 25 countries.

Salamatu supports over 400 young people to advocate for improvements in education quality and access in Ghana and they have already had success - with the government agreeing to put in new desks in four schools.

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